Not a lot of time today, but a lot of links, have a good weekend!
Baseball Friday Oklahoma at Nebraska 6:30 p.m., Haymarket Park
The SB Nation network continues to grow. Not college related, but you'll be following Suh a lot more than you did before, won't you? - JJ
Annual Founder’s Day Banquet With Nebraska Football Coach – Carl Pelini Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010 Location: Ramada Inn, I-70 & 6th Avenue, 420 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka Time: 5:30 p.m. Registration & Social Hour with Cash Bar 7:00 p.m. Dinner – Barbeque Ribs & Brisket 8:00 p.m.
More info at the link- JL
Eight players invited to the NFL draft, and seven of them are linemen. Wow. - JJ
If you want to be there to see Ndamukong Suh go as the #1 overall pick, you'll need to know what the NFL guidelines are for attending the draft. It's on a Thursday this year. April 22nd. Will there be more drunk buffoons on a Thursday as compared to a Saturday? - JJ
What happened next surprised even the Pelinis. Suh was always locked in and focused. But now it was as if football -- and preparing for the NFL -- was a full-time job with 30 hours overtime. He would meet with Carl Pelini once a week, for at least an hour, and talk about every defensive position on the field. Suh wanted to understand how everything worked, how everything affected the entire scheme.
When Husker fans ask "How do you replace Ndamukong Suh?" they are undoubtedly talking about his statistics - the number of tackles, sacks, hurries, and pass break ups he had, the plays he made. I have to wonder how many of defensive players understand the entire defense, how everything works. The guy is a defensive lineman. "Cerebral" and "understand" don't go together much, at least when it comes to stereotypes. Who's going to replace Suh? That's a question with more than one dimension. - JJ
Not since 2001, when Nebraska faced Miami for the national championship, has a season been more anticipated in Lincoln. The schedule sets up right for the Huskers to make a national championship run. That's if - a big 'if' - the Huskers can improve in certain areas. The quarterback situation will be the main topic of conversation throughout the state this spring. But issues in the offensive line and filling some holes on defense have to be addressed, too. Should the Huskers bolster those areas, they should be major players in the national championship race.
So can you feel it? -JL
The strength of the offense this season will be in the backfield, where senior Roy Helu Jr. — who finished fourth in the Big 12 with 1,147 rushing yards — and sophomore Rex Burkhead will cause problems all season long for the best of Big 12 defenses. Both will get plenty of carries no matter who’s considered the starter, especially with a shaky situation at quarterback. It will be interesting to see if the offensive staff even utilizes a little wildcat in the fall, with Burkhead taking snaps and having Helu Jr. as a pitch option. Any way the Huskers can utilize these two talents can only help keep the defense honest.
I don't think there's any question we'll be seeing more of the wildcat next year. As much success as they had against Arizona, it'd be hard to deny it. Helu, Burkhead, Robinson. That's a pretty exciting combo, eh? - JJ
Cody Green says he learned a lot from last season. And he's apparently grown a beard. A scruffy-looking beard, the kind that sophomores grow just to prove they can. - JJ.
Ricky Henry will be out of spring practice recovering from shoulder surgery. That's not as bad as it seems as Henry had a firm hold on one of the guard positions throughout last season. This will give someone else the chance to get more practice time and Henry can heal up for fall - JJ.
So he may not be a Wildcat? -JL
Meyer may win the Gator message boards out of hand, but two of the most popular columnists in the South, Tony Barnhart and the Sentinel's own Mike Bianchi are already unloading on the coach this morning, you can bet the national columnists are already preparing to pounce today, too.
Interesting story, and yep even Sipple chimed in to defend the reporter, as predicted by Dr Sat. -JL
No cats today, but here's a little humor for you all. NSFW if people read the subtitles.-JL